Christian nutcase David Limbaugh is out and about trying to rally the troops in the “Culture War” once again.
It’s time for Christians to get smart about biblical truth and begin standing up for it, according to one visiting author.
For Christians, there should be no more embracing of the “new tolerance” that says all religions are different but equal.
“I can’t believe Jesus is God or not God at the same time,” said David Limbaugh, brother of popular talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh visited First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls Sunday with a strong charge for those who call themselves Christians. A commentator and book author, Limbaugh urged fellow believers to speak up and take part – not avoid – the culture war that haunts the churches, schools and society.
Many seek to purge Christianity from the public square by marginalizing it, demonizing it or endorsing competing values, he said.
Yes it’s the old they’re trying to ban-Jesus-from-being-mentioned-in public nonsense again. It’s annoying how effective this false argument really is. The government is supposed to be neutral in matters of religion so anything that gives the appearance of government endorsement of one religion over another is not allowed. Hanging the Ten Commandments in a school or a courthouse gives the appearance of endorsement. Teachers leading prayers in school is a government endorsement. Even a nativity on a city hall lawn gives the appearance of an endorsement. There’s no way in hell most Christians would sit by and let teachers lead their classroom in Muslim prayers or in a recitation of the Wiccan Reed so why do they expect everyone else to just shut up and accept their prayers being told to our children?
The message complemented a sermon series in progress by First Baptist Pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress on how demons use the government and secular institutions to undermine Christianity.
Look out! Those scary demons are out to undermine Christianity! I suppose I should be happy he didn’t blame atheists this time, but somehow the thought that they’re worried about mythical evil creatures doing the dirty work as opposed to real live atheists isn’t overly comforting. This next bit struck me as a bit of an odd thing to say:
Limbaugh urged Christians to heed advice by author C.S. Lewis, who claimed that Jesus must be either lord, a liar or a lunatic and that everyone must pick one, then act on it.
“You can’t read the book of John (in the Bible) and conclude he’s not God. I once didn’t believe. But I believe it now,” Limbaugh said.
As he is portrayed in the Bible, Jesus can’t be called a great teacher.
“He was either nuts or terribly immoral.” Or he was God, as he claimed, Limbaugh said.
So let me get this straight, if Jesus isn’t God then how he’s portrayed in the Bible would make him “terribly immoral” so therefore he must be God?? What I want to know is if his portrayal would make him “terribly immoral” if he’s not God then doesn’t that just mean he’s a terribly immoral god if he is God? Of course the answer one receives to such a question is that anything God does is automatically moral because God is the source of all morality hence if God does it then it’s a moral action even if it would be completely immoral for you to do it. It’s good to be the king.
Next Limbaugh goes on to misrepresent the intention of the Founding Fathers:
America’s freedoms were created by founders who believed in the sanctity of human life but also that man was a fallen creature.
“Left to his own devices, he’d be corrupt,” Limbaugh said. So they formed the Constitution with its checks and balances and the Bill of Rights “to keep men from corrupting each other so the by-product would be free.”
I couldn’t help, but laugh at this one. In all the writings I’ve read by the Founding Fathers I don’t think I’ve ever come across anything that would imply what Limbaugh is claiming here. It’s particularly ironic to hear him use such an argument in a speech decrying secularism in government when the Founding Father’s whole intent was to establish a secular government. He’s basically ranting about what the Founding Fathers had hoped to establish in the first place.
Schools that won’t let a valedictorian speak out for Christ, kindergarteners pray over their lunch or teenagers raise funds for an “Easter” project have misunderstood the central theme of separation of church and state that America’s founders intended, he said.
The founders wanted only to be sure the government never started its own national church.
“These examples are not the government endorsing religion,” he said.
Limbaugh doesn’t cite specific examples so one can only speculate about the three things he mentions above. The valedictorian issue is one I’m torn on as I’ve always thought that the speech given by them should be considered a personal message and thusly open to religious references, but at the same time I’d be annoyed as hell to go to my graduation only to be proselytized to. Still, I’d probably just roll my eyes and be done with it. In regards to Kindergartners praying over their lunch, there’s nothing stopping them as individuals from doing so if that’s what they want to do. The teacher just isn’t allowed to lead them in said prayer. You can pray all you want in school so long as you’re not being disruptive of class and there’s no law that says you can’t. As for the teenagers trying to raise funds for an Easter project, I can’t say that I’m familiar with whatever news story he’s talking about, but without more context it’s impossible to say much about it.
I do agree with this last statement though:
The Constitution does not include the right to be free of being offended, he said. “That non-right shouldn’t be allowed to trump my most important freedom in this country – the free exercise of religion.”
So those of you who come here via some Google search and end up being offended by what you read can just kiss my ass.